Donald Bowens What Kind of Impact Will He Have?

Jack BlackContributor IJune 16, 2009

RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 27:  Teammates Jarvis Williams #5 and Donald Bowens #80 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack celebrate after Bowens' touchdown against the Virginia Cavaliers during their game at Carter-Finley Stadium October 27, 2007 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Donald Bowens is a talented young player who was the only true freshman to start a game for the Wolfpack in 2006.

He played in all 12 contests, he started the Southern Miss, Boston College and Florida State games, two of the team's three wins.

He totaled 16 receptions for the season, including a high of four for 76 yards at Southern Miss.

He was the recipient of the Wolfpack's longest pass of that season, a 46-yarder from Marcus Stone, and he also scored a TD against Florida State.

The next year he posted the team's best reception average at 15.0 yards.

Was also the recipient of the longest throw of that season, a 53-yarder from Harrison Beck in a game against Louisville.

He had one of the top receiving games in school history in the win over Virginia, his 11 catches for 202 yards marked the fifth-best single-game reception and receiving yards totals ever by a Wolfpack player.

They were also the top marks ever by a wolfpack sophomore and the highest since Jerricho Cotchery in 2003.

He pulled down five catches for 93 yards in the win at East Carolina, he added 103 yards of kick returns for 196 all-purpose yards.

He came on strong as a kick returner during the second half of the season, he ended up ranking sixth in the ACC with a 21.5 yard average, even though he didn't have a return until the seventh game of the season.

In 2008 he suffered a hairline fracture in this spine that ended his season.

He has the ability to help the wolfpack on offense if the defense has another one of it's defensively weak games.

I think he will be important if the Wolfpack are to compete in the ACC.